Robinson Cano’s PED comeback hits injury setback

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The return of Robinson Canoe has hit his first snag.

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According to the Mets, Cano, who has been playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic after being suspended for the entire 2021 season due to a PED violation, was dropped from Estrellas Oriental’s roster with lower back discomfort.

In a statement, the team said Canoe, 39, was “prescribed physical therapy and is treated week by week.”

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Through six games, Canoe was 7-for-26 with no extra base hits.

The Mets owe Cano nearly $20 million over the next two seasons, but as they weigh in on signing Javier Baez to a new deal, there isn’t a clear spot for Cano to play every day — unless That the National League does not adopt DH during the upcoming. Collective bargaining negotiations.

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Team president Sandy Alderson pitched the idea of ​​placing Canoe in third place, but he has played only two games in his career.

There is also talk of Canoe returning from another PED violation.

Robinson Canoe was dropped from his Winter League team’s roster following a back injury.
Charles Weinzelberg / New York Post

“I think how he gets it will depend on how he conducts himself and explains himself between now and spring training,” Alderson said at GM meetings.

It is the latest setback since the infamous trade, which brought Canoe and Edwin Diaz to Queens in exchange for 22-year-old centrefielder Jared Kelenick, who made his debut with the Mariners last season. After struggling initially, Kellenic finished September with seven homers and a .854 OPS in 29 games.

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